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ARC Review: Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble

Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business goes on sale June 1, 2021.

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Genre: Children’s Fiction
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: In the first entertaining installment in a new early chapter book series, one unfortunate kale incident isn’t enough to stop the unbeatable Wednesday Wilson from pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams — or is it? The most important thing to know about Wednesday Wilson is that she’s an entrepreneur. She hasn’t started any businesses yet, but she’s pretty sure today is the day. She and her best friend, Charlie (Wednesday’s future Vice President of Operations), with some help from her little brother, Mister, have made a list of potential businesses. But before they get to move forward on one, there’s an unfortunate incident in class with the Emmas (whose last initials happen to spell M.E.A.N.) involving a bearded dragon named Morten and a piece of kale . . . it’s a long story. It figures that Wednesday’s archnemeses would be the ones to mess up her plans! But maybe all is not lost. Maybe this is just the opportunity Wednesday and her friends needed to come up with a brilliant business idea that will save the day and make them millionaires. Or . . . not? With its fresh voice, diverse cast of lovable and relatable characters and delightfully determined heroine, Bree Galbraith’s illustrated early chapter book series hits the spot for beginning readers (and their grown-ups!). Endearing black-and-white drawings by Morgan Goble add nuance and clarity and help guide the story forward for early readers. Definitions of vocabulary words, all related to business, appear as footnotes throughout the text.


My Review: Entertaining and wonderfully diverse, Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business is an unforgettable read. This was such a fun read about a young girl who dreams of being an entrepreneur.

Wednesday August Wilson’s determination knows no bounds. She’s such a likable boss lady whose enthusiasm you can’t help but love. But she tends to not think before she acts. Her approach to the conflict was interesting and connected well with who she is as a person and future entrepreneur.

The illustrations were lovely and I liked the art style. The book has a diverse cast of the characters. For instance, Wednesday is mixed raced and has two moms. The plot was funny, delightful and at times surprising.

This is a great chapter book for early readers transitioning to more challenging books. The book is rich with business-related vocabulary words and includes easy to understand definitions. Readers can take away much from this story, such as owning up to one’s mistakes, problem solving, thinking outside the box, and how to dream big.

Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business is a truly engaging story and Wednesday’s voice comes through loud and clear. I definitely recommend this book.

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